CARSON, Calif. -- It's official.
The LA Galaxy have acquired Robbie Rogers from the Chicago Fire in exchange for Mike Magee. Rogers will be eligible to participate upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and could be available for Sunday's match against Seattle Sounders FC.
Galaxy captain Robbie Keane offered his thoughts on the deal.
"I think that everybody is sad to see Mikey go because he’s a top player and a great person to have around. He’s good for the locker room, so he’s certainly going to be missed by everybody, but you have to respect somebody’s decision that for family reasons, he wants to go back home. We wish him well and hope that he can have as much success there as he had with the Galaxy. We got another player Robbie, who has trained with us the last couple of weeks and has great qualities so he’s going to be a great addition to the squad."
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) May 25, 2013
The world's biggest club match will take place this afternoon at Wembley Stadium in London when Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund.
LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski was on the last Dortmund side that won the Champions League and offers his thoughts on the match here. Meanwhile, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane offered his own prediction on the match below.
"It's going to be a good game, I like watching Borussia Dortmund. They're a good side with a lot of energy and very attacking minded," said Keane. "However, if there was probably money on it, I'd probably say Bayern Munich, but you shouldn't be putting money on it, you shouldn't be betting."
The newly acquired player, LA head coach Bruce Arena, and Galaxy President Chris Klein will all be present for the press conference.
This advisory comes amid reports from multiple outlets including Soccer By Ives and The Washington Post that the LA Galaxy have traded Mike Magee for Robbie Rogers, who according to the USA Today has signed a deal with the Galaxy.
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Robbie Rogers is a member of the LA Galaxy according to a report in the USA Today.
Sources tell the USA Today that Rogers has agreed to terms with the Galaxy, but they do not specify what LA dealt to the Chicago Fire in exchange for his rights.
The complete report can be found here: Rogers coming back as first openly gay player in MLS
LAGalaxy.com videographer Paolo Ferrari has provided this video preview of the LA Galaxy's match against Seattle Sounders FC.
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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy wrapped up their penultimate day of preparation ahead of Sunday’s match with Seattle Sounders FC.
Below are LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena’s comments to the media…
ARENA: A good team as always. Seattle is among the better teams in the league, year in and year out. This year, I think that they’ve done a little remodeling and changed a few things, obviously, to the credit of Sigi [Schmid]; he’s a very good coach. He knows how to get the best out of his team. They continually have the same kind of qualities. They’re a good team offensively, their goalkeeper has been outstanding, their new tandem of center backs has played very well as of late, and Eddie Johnson has been on fire. When you combine him with the qualities of [Brad] Evans, [Mauro] Rosales, [Mario] Martinez then they have a good team on the attacking side of the ball as well.”
(On Seattle being a rival…)
ARENA: “Are they a rival? How many rivals can we have? Every team that we play on our schedule are a rival.”
(On players thinking that facing Seattle leads to a heighten atmosphere…)
ARENA: “I hope it is [heightened] because we have to play better than we played as of late."
(On how anxious the team is to play after a disappointing loss to New York…)
ARENA: “I think that we’re looking forward to the game. I haven’t been able to judge on the anxious meter, how high it is, but we’re looking forward to the game.”
(On the club winning the battle of the health as most players are in training…)
ARENA: “You never win the battle of the health. Between now and kick off, we’ll have issues, but we’er getting there. Our goal is to get better as we move into the season. It’s still an early part of the season…We have a long way to go.”
(On New York City FC…)
ARENA: “That’s great. I think that we’ve understood for years, the likely of a second team in New York. For me, the most exciting news out of it is the Yankees involvement since I am a Yankee for life. That’s fabulous to hear.”
(On any speculation about him coaching New York City FC…)
ARENA: “I have a job. They’re great people to work for, I like working for the Galaxy and AEG.”
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy may have Brazilian midfielder Juninho back into the fold for this Sunday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC.
Juninho returned to the training field on Friday after exiting LA’s 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls in the 10th minute after being kicked in his right shin by New York’s Juninho Pernambucano. With just one more day of preparation before the Seattle match, Juninho is encouraged about his status for Sunday.
“Today was my first day, I felt okay,” Juninho told reporters on Friday. “[The shin] is still hurting a little bit, but today I made good movements and I wasn’t feeling anything. Hopefully, I can play on Sunday.”
Joining Juninho on the training field was his Brazilian midfield companion Marcelo Sarvas, who did not train earlier this week due to back issue.
“After last week, I felt my back a little bit. We spoke and the decision was to rest [Tuesday and Wednesday] and get back to training [on Friday],” said Sarvas. “I trained normal, so it is no problem. I feel better and I feel ready to go.”
In the latest edition of MLSsoccer.com's "Hey DJ!" segment, LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane shares his musical taste, which varies from the Fugees' "Killing Me Softly" to U2 to Michael Jackson.
The LA Galaxy captain talks about his singing, offers his thoughts on "Gangnam Style" and sheds light on which song would be played for a montage of his game (Irish tune Willie McBride). As a fellow Karaoke singer myself, I have to say that I love Keane's choice of "Killing Me Softly" that one has been a staple in my repertoire for years.
Check out the interview below.
In the latest edition of the All-Access Podcast with Joe Tutino, the "Voice of the Galaxy" speaks to LA Galaxy Reserve League coach Curt Onalfo on U.S. Open Cup, Reserve League, and the Seattle Sounders.
Check it out below...
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